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#1 OFFLINE   Nick

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:11 AM

Heads up – the NFL is watching you...

Beware of writing or even uttering the words "super" and "bowl" next to each other around this time of year. The NFL has proclaimed that it is "absolutely entitled..." to control who can utter (the Unutterable Phrase) and when it can be uttered.

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It’s time for that most evergreen of January stories: the annual reminder that you have to be careful about using the words “super” and “bowl” together in any way. That’s because the NFL is on the look-out for “unauthorized” uses of its registered trademarks, and one of those trademarks happens to be “Super Bowl®”. We put “unauthorized” in quotation marks here because the No Fun League has a somewhat (how can we say this delicately?) expansive view of its own ability to prevent anybody from uttering those two words – a view which is not universally shared.

The League’s position, as far as we can tell, is that pretty much any non-news use of the Two-Word-Phrase-That-Shall-Not-Be-Spoken necessarily implies an affiliation with the NFL. To the NFL, this in turn apparently means that the NFL is absolutely entitled to control who can utter the Unutterable Phrase and when It can be uttered. Whether that view is supported by, say, the law is far from clear. >>>

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#2 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:14 AM

Thinks are really less than SUPER when organizations can BOWL you over with such rules...
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:15 AM

Super Bowl......Super Bowl......Super Bowl......now what are they going to do about it! :rolleyes:

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:18 AM

Super Bowl......Super Bowl......Super Bowl......now what are they going to do about it! :rolleyes:

That'll be $30 for copyright infringement please.... !rolling
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:21 AM

How stupid is this? Fine then, if we can't say Super Bowl, maybe we won't watch either. :rolleyes:

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:23 AM

How stupid is this? Fine then, if we can't say Super Bowl, maybe we won't watch either. :rolleyes:

I had a Super Bowl of soup yesterday...
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:24 AM

That'll be $30 for copyright infringement please.... !rolling


That would be cruel and unusual punishment seeing how there won't be cheerleaders at this years game.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:13 PM

I had a Super Bowl of soup yesterday...


I had a super bowel movement this morning.
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:15 PM

Such trademarks are really not enforceable when they are regular/common words.

For example... the game Monopoly... I can use the word "monopoly" all I want... but I can't make and sell a board game called "monopoly."

Similarly... I couldn't hold a sporting event and call it the Super Bowl... that makes sense... but stopping me from using those words for other things, especially non-football things that wouldn't be confused with the NFL's trademark? Non-enforceable.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:02 PM

Around here on the radio, they started calling it the "Big Game" on WTMJ....the flagship station that carries the Packer games themselves!

Speaking of Big Games....here is the pic after the Big Game last Sunday:

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 08:50 AM

All I can say is "SUPER BOWL!!!" Enough of this "big game" crap.
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Posted 28 January 2011 - 09:23 AM

Did you guys (the ones that are all up-in-arms about not being able to say Super Bowl) actually read the article? Specifically this part:

With that in mind, one should NOT use any of these terms or images in a way that falsely connotes any connection to the league, the game or the teams, especially if that occurs in conjunction with the promotion of any event, contest, or other activity not sanctioned by the league.

On the other hand, one MAY use those terms and images in a legitimate news story, factual recitation or commentary about the game, before or after it occurs. One MAY also use other, generic terms which have not been registered as trademarks including the all-time favorite alternative, i.e., “The Big Game” (although several years ago the NFL® took an unsuccessful stab at registering “The Big Game”). One MAY also use the names of the cities whose teams are competing in the game (without using the team nicknames).


Yeah, this doesn't apply to us. I know the NFL is a big bad organization that deserves to be crucified for its evils but.... RTFA.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 04:22 PM

RTFA = Read the forementioned article. Right?
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Posted 28 January 2011 - 04:37 PM

RTFA = Read the forementioned article. Right?


Something like that. :)

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 04:44 PM

3 out of 4 aint bad.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 06:52 PM

Just say "5up3r 8ow!" -- they'll never figure it out! :D

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 06:56 PM

Just say "5up3r 8ow!" -- they'll never figure it out! :D


Or... we can just say Super Bowl because nothing precludes us from doing so.

Or we can just keep pretending the NFL actually has these ridiculous rules that don't actually apply to 99% of the populous, because we think it's funny.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 06:59 PM

Or... we can just say Super Bowl because nothing precludes us from doing so.

Or we can just keep pretending the NFL actually has these ridiculous rules that don't actually apply to 99% of the populous, because we think it's funny.


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Posted 28 January 2011 - 07:25 PM

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 03:00 PM

We were watching some cooking show in Food Network were they were going through food recipes for the "Big Game."

I guess they are one of the ones affected by the NFL crackdown.

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